We own three dogs. And of course, just like parents and their human children, I have a favorite.
Of course, it wasn’t ALWAYS that way. In fact, Cocoa was the LEAST liked when he was first adopted. Loud, obnxious, and way too energetic. But of course, that was the initial impression I got. As time passed, his playfulness and energy became irresistibly adorable. He’d lick my face, sit across the table while we ate, flip on his back when on the floor to tell us to rub his belly, dig into the blankets, etc. Just adorable stuff… while the other two dogs, well, slept.
Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate dogs that are loyal and like to take naps when i need to take care of work or errands, but I personally favor energetic dogs that like to be active.
According to Wikipedia,
Nepotism is the showing of favoritism toward relatives or friends based upon that relationship, rather than on an objective evaluation of ability or suitability. For instance, offering employment to a relative, despite the fact that there are others who are better qualified and willing to perform the job. The word nepotism is from the Latin word ‘nepos’, meaning “nephew” or “grandchild”.
Of course, if others think I’m praticing nepotism when it comes to dogs. But according to Wikipedia’s definition, technically I am not because all my dogs are not really technically inept at doing anything other than sleeping, eating, pooing, peeing, and barking.. which they are all pretty much equal at. But I do get a sense of guily because I give Cocoa far more attention than any other dog, which explains why my other dog brownie might feel suicidal.
This brings a point. Do you have multiple pets and do you have a favorite pet? Do you feel guilty that you give more attention to one than the other?